City Tower One brings a beacon of understated elegance to Dubai’s skyline

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

On the west side of Dubai’s exhilarating Sheikh Zayed Road, City Tower One will be home to luxury urban living and sophisticated style. From a uniquely large building site that connects Sheikh Zayed Road to Al Badaa Road along Eleventh Street, we had the opportunity to create a distinctive residential experience that abounds with unmatched amenities and modern sensibility. 

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City Tower One will rise on the west side of Sheikh Zayed Road, across from Emirates Towers and the Museum of the Future.

“We viewed the design as part of a master plan that enhances the urban, architectural, and landscape experience along the west side of the tower and creates an uplifting entry for residents and visitors.” — Mark R. Shoemaker, AIA
A grand-scale porte cochere is defined by mashrabiya-inspired aluminum screens with a centrally located vehicular drop-off and pick-up area.

A dramatic setting that celebrates arrivals and departures

A grand-scale porte cochere sets the tone for the residential experience beyond its doors — an expansive and light-filled space that evokes ease, balance, and grandeur. Defined by mashrabiya-inspired aluminum screens that dapple and modulate light, this centrally located vehicular drop-off and pick-up links the residential tower to the car park and amenity deck.

The residential tower, porte cochere, and car park are a unified composition of integrated forms that will create architectural continuity from Sheikh Zayed Road to Al Badaa Road and enliven the public space along Eleventh Street. 

At the tower’s base, stone is introduced to add warmth, texture, and clarity to the building entry.

The tower’s verticality is enhanced by an unusually deep multi-story super-grid frame with vertical sunshades and striped frit patterns.

The tower’s elegant champagne hue will shimmer in the desert sun.

The extensive rooftop amenity deck is an oasis for leisure and wellness

Atop the car park, the rooftop deck stretches wide with unparalleled amenities, including an infinity pool and tennis court. Residents can relax and enjoy lush green space with striking views of the gulf and the Burj Khalifa, a full-service fitness facility, yoga studio, a residential lounge, and a pool and recreation area for younger family members.

Covered walkways on the amenity deck offer shelter from the intense sun.

“City Tower One will be an elegant, contemporary residential tower on Sheikh Zayed Road that embodies luxury and sophistication in a quiet, restrained way.” — Darin C. Cook, AIA

At night, the tower’s ethereal glow evokes the tranquility of a traditional lantern.

More About the Project

Principal Collaborators

  • Engineer of Record: Arcadis
  • Landscape Architecture: EDSA
  • Facade Engineering: ARUP

Project Information

  • Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Client: The Galleria Investments LLC
  • Size: 1,850,670 sq. ft. / 171,900 sq. m.
  • Height: 1175 ft. / 358 m.
  • Completion: 2023
  • Firm Role: Design Architect
  • Renderings courtesy of Bezier CG

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